Celebrating 15 years of impact

Meet Neerim

Neerim is a proud Kirraewhurrong and Gkuthaarn man and among one of AIEF’s first graduates.

He grew up in a small remote town where education options were limited. His parents always wanted Neerim to achieve a quality education – AIEF made that possible.

Neerim received an AIEF Scholarship to attend St Augustine’s College, Cairns for his senior years – an opportunity that changed his life.

To read more about Neerim’s experience click here.

“The AIEF model is linked directly with self-advocacy for Indigenous families. Families have the choice as to whether they want their children to go to boarding school. It doesn’t remove agency – it enhances it.”

– Neerim

Meet Tamara and her family

Meet Tamara, a proud Palawa woman with traditional connections to Tasmania, and across the Torres Strait, and mother of AIEF Alumni, Jacquin and Ella, and current AIEF Scholarship Student Luca. 

Tamara has instilled in her children the value of education and how it’s crucial to opening doors and accessing opportunities to build a successful life.

Tamara’s daughter Ella wants to support women in remote areas to access quality healthcare.  She is now working at Thursday Island Hospital, pursuing her Diploma of Nursing and her dream of becoming a registered nurse and midwife. 

To read more about Tamara and her family click here

Meet Oliver 

AIEF Alum Oliver is a proud Wiradjuri man who believes that education opens the door to opportunity.

Oliver watched his older siblings go to boarding school and knew that it was something that he wanted for himself. He saw a world of opportunity and a chance to put his hand up to try something new.

In 2012, Oliver was delighted to receive the chance to attend Knox Grammar School on an AIEF Scholarship. It completely changed his life.

To read more about Oliver’s experience click here.

“I want to make my mob proud, my family proud and give it my all.”

– Oliver

Tax Appeal Matched Giving

From 1 June until 30 June 2024, every donation we receive for our Tax Appeal will be matched dollar for dollar by a generous philanthropic partner.  This means that if you donate $10, it will be doubled to $20.  If you donate $1,000, it will be doubled to $2,000 and so on.

Match Cap:  The total amount of funding we are able to unlock is $220,000.  An individual donation will be matched to a capped amount of $1,000.  This means that if you donate $2,000, only the first $1,000 will be matched.

Match Ratio:  To ensure that we can match as many individual donors as possible, each donor may only unlock the Matched Giving opportunity once.  This means that if you donate multiple times during the Appeal, only your first gift after 1 June 2024 will be matched.

We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to double the impact of your donation and help us make a difference in the lives of Indigenous children determined to transform the course of their lives with quality education.  Thank you for your support!


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